Ferns to Know and Grow Author:F. Gordon Foster This book fills a long-felt need of people who want to know more about these beautiful native and exotic foliage plants. The previous edition was devoted to hardy and tender ferns to grow, but now a new chapter has been added--"Ferns to Know." Among these are the rare and unusual hart's-tongue fern, curly-grass fern, climbing fern, and many ot... more »hers, making this an invaluable guide to the northeastern area.
The author's lucid text and clear-cut illustrations quickly arouse the interest of gardeners, botanical students, and nature lovers and answer their questions in a simple and understandable manner. The first chapters, with their drawings, diagrams, and color photographs, present the fundamentals of fern study. The following chapters give much down-to-earth information for growing ferns from spores to mature plants, under natural or artificial light, indoors and outdoors, in gardens large and small.
For convenience a table of plant descriptions, cross indexed with common and botanical names, a glossary, and a list of suppliers are included.« less
Though it claims to be 'an invaluable guide to the northeastern area', I found it to be quite helpful in the Northwest. Great pencil drawings make it easy to take the book to the plant and leaf through until you find a drawing that matches the fern.